Suzuki Sidekick - 1988
Suzuki Sidekick - 1988
Tiny Suzuki pioneered the segment with the Sidekick. With a traditional SUV body-on-frame construction, it was primitive compared to later unibody versions to come. GM sold a rebadged version, known as the Chevrolet Tracker, but without notable success. In 1999, the Sidekick was redesigned and renamed Grand Vitara, but its sales have slipped as the segment has grown. Edmunds says only 4,478 found buyers in 2010.

Last updated June 29 2011: 8:18 AM ET
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